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Carlos Gomez

Retired pipefitter and welder Carlos Gamez was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December, 1995.

As a younger man Carlos had serviced, repaired and overhauled shrimping boats. For many years he worked with pipe covering on boilers and other products that routinely exposed him to asbestos. Carlos' next position, building offshore oil rigs as a pipefitter and welder, added nearly another decade of carcinogenic exposure to asbestos cement pipe.

Once he realized that his time was running out, Carlos and his family took legal action to seek some accountability for their suffering. Less than two months after Hendler Lyons Flores filed his case, Carlos passed away in a coma in May 1996, only days after having given his deposition.

"The people at Hendler Lyons Flores are very aware of the cultural and social factors involved in a case like ours, and they were highly respectful of and sensitive to our mother's feelings. Scott puts his heart into his work," said son Richard Gamez.

Like so many other men in his trade, Gamez never knew he was at risk until it was too late. His life was cut short, but his family's loss was assuaged to a certain extent when Hendler Lyons Flores negotiated immediate settlements after Carlos' case was filed, recovering more than $5 million for the Gamez family.